New Delhi: The Election Commission has
withdrawn its proposal for creation of an autonomous body to
impart electoral training to professionals of other countries,
Government said on Thursday.
The proposed setting up of IIDEM as an independent
autonomous body had raked up a controversy, with Law Minister
Salman Khurshid, who had opposed it, and Chief Election
Commissioner S Y Quraishi involved in a face-off on the issue.
"...following the experience of a highly successful
working of IIDEM (India International Institute of Democracy &
Election Management) in the last nine months as a direct part
of the Election Commission, the Commission has recently
withdrawn its proposal for creation of an autonomous society
for IIDEM," Khurshid said in a written reply to a question in
the Lok Sabha today.
He said, "The (Election) Commission has stated that IIDEM
will function as a part of the Training Division of the
Election Commission of India."
The Election Commission had earlier proposed to set up
IIDEM as an autonomous body under the Societies Registration
Act and requested the government for due representation in the
government structure of the Society, he said.
Khurshid had earlier shot down a proposal of the poll
panel to grant independent status to the IIDEM, which later
snowballed into a controversy with Quraishi taking strong
objections to the proposal`s rejection by the Law ministry.
The relations between Khurshid and Quraishi were further
strained after the former claimed that the Law Ministry has
control over the Election Commission to the extent that it
accords sanction for foreign travel of the Election
As Khurshid ruffled feathers by saying his ministry has
administrative control over Election Commission, Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh had to assure the poll body that the
government respected its constitutional status and functional
Quraishi had written to the Prime Minister after Khurshid
made his controversial remarks.